Beautiful Italy

In the footsteps of Galileo

As the cradle of the Renaissance and a mecca of world fashion, Italy represents an immeasurable source of inspiration for French people with a Mediterranean soul like us, who appreciate the warmth and history of its lands.

Some northern Italian cities, such as Pisa, Padua, Venice or Florence, still breathe the presence of the great scientist Galileo. Monuments, mausoleums, institutes or homes, so many places that maintain the memory of the Tuscan savant.

It is by visiting these historical places that our collection has emerged.
Discover the first chapter of our journey !

A fascinating celestial story

Some remains...

More than a watch, a legacy

Far from the traditional « ticking », let yourself be carried away by the symphony of our watchmakers, played by the harmonious movement of several hundred elements between them.

Feel the pulse of your watch through mechanical heartbeats and other internal rotations. An animation made possible by the movements of your wrist converted into energy.

Keeper of time and the galaxy.

So the perceptible vibrations of the caliber give you the feeling of a real soul on your wrist, bringing a piece of Galileo’s story to life day after day.

1564 - 1642

Galileo, the architect of time

A little history?

What would history be without great men to write it? Through his innovative discoveries, Galileo established himself as the maker of time and the founding father of modern astronomy.
Since he turned his telescope to the heavens, we have continued to learn more about our universe.
Rich in history, we wanted to capture his sense of exploration and his visionary spirit at the crossroads of our two passions.

It is therefore only natural that Gentlemaan pays tribute to this extraordinary avant-gardist by lending his name to its first collection of automatic watches.

The time calculation

At the age of only 19, Galileo noticed the regularity of the oscillations of the chandeliers in Pisa Cathedral by timing his heart rate. Brilliantly introduced to mathematics, he discovered the law of isochronism of motion before giving birth to what would become a scientific branch in its own right: Galilean mechanics.

Very busy with his research on astronomy, it was only at the end of his life that he returned to the study of the pendulum to demonstrate that his previous discovery could be applied to the measurement of time. In 1641 he drew a plan for a clock but was unable to build it because he was losing his sight.

Shortly before his death in 1642, he entrusted the project to his son, who was unable to complete it before his own death. Legend says that an incomplete but probably operational prototype was produced before being forgotten. It was finally Christiaan Huygens and Salomon Coster who built the first pendulum clock in 1657 based on the work of the Tuscan scientist.

This was an important discovery that opened the doors to the modern era of watchmaking, making it possible to go from an error of several minutes to a few seconds per day. 

Shortly before his death in 1642, he entrusted the project to his son, who was unable to complete it before his own death. Legend says that an incomplete but probably operational prototype was produced before being forgotten. It is finally Christiaan Huygens and Salomon Coster who will build the first pendulum clock in 1657 based on the technical prowess of the Tuscan scientist.

This was an important discovery that opened the doors to the modern era of watchmaking, making it possible to go from an error of several minutes to a few seconds per day.

« With the sagacity of his genius, he invented the very simple and regulated measurement of time by means of the pendulum, until then perceived by no one else, seizing the opportunity to observe it with his pulse, one day that he was in the cathedral of Pisa ».
Propos rapporté par Viviani, dernier disciple de Galilée, dans “Racconto istorico della vita di Galileo”

Star hunter

In addition to his great contribution to horological knowledge, Galileo was responsible for many inventions that revolutionized science. The most famous of these is the telescope.

In May 1609, Galileo received a letter confirming an insistent whisper: the existence of a long-lens designed by Dutch manufacturers that would allow him to see distant objects. Intrigued, he perfected copies by considerably increasing the magnifying effect of the tool, previously used for navigation. In the autumn of the same year, Galileo turned his telescope to the sky for the first time.

He discovered and studied the phases of the moon, the rings of Saturn, the satellites of Jupiter, the lunar mountains, sunspots, the Milky Way and much more… and seems to be increasingly amazed by the understanding of the world in his writings.

Contemplating the sky opens the mind to the field of possibilities and can be a source of inspiration…
This is why Gentlemaan invites you to go after your dreams and never give up, by keeping as close as possible to your most precious asset: your time.

Extract from the book “Sidereus Nuncius”

He discovered and studied the phases of the moon, the rings of Saturn, the satellites of Jupiter, the lunar mountains, sunspots, the Milky Way and much more… and seems to be increasingly amazed by the understanding of the world in his writings.

Gentlemaan invites you to take a moment to look up and appreciate what makes you feel good.
The sky is endless and the possibilities are endless… Contemplating it opens the mind to the field of possibilities and can be a source of introspection towards one’s deepest life aspirations. So Gentlemaan encourages you to follow your dreams and never give up, while cherishing your most precious resource to reach your destination: your time.

” E pur si muove ” – Galileo Galilei

A counter-current vision

His stellar observations quickly led him to believe that the earth revolves around the sun, and not the other way around, even if it means isolating himself from the overwhelming majority. Attacked and slandered, Galileo attracted the wrath of the authorities of the time who censored his writings because they did not want to see their beliefs questioned. Threatened with torture and tested during his trial, he was sentenced to prison before having his sentence reduced to house arrest. He took advantage of this opportunity to take his works across the border, deliberately ignoring the censorship to which he was subjected. A remarkable display of selflessness and courage.

In the end, his quest for truth and innovation would shake the world a century later, when James Bradley provided formal proof of the earth’s motion around the sun.

This is why we must strive for the impossible! The great achievements throughout history have been the conquest of what seemed unattainable… A vision that Gentlemaan appreciates and that is rooted in the very heart of its values. Thus, this watch was born with a particular philosophy: that of dressing exceptional men, those who do not fit into boxes, those who undertake great things and who are always one step ahead of their time.

In the end, his quest for truth and innovation would shake the world a century later, when James Bradley provided formal proof of the earth’s motion around the sun.

This is why we must strive for the impossible! The great achievements throughout history have been the conquest of what seemed unattainable… A vision that Gentlemaan appreciates and that is rooted in the very heart of its values. Thus, this watch was born with a particular philosophy: that of dressing exceptional men, those who do not fit into boxes, those who undertake great things and who are always one step ahead of their time.

Inspired by the past, dedicated to the future

Driven by a taste for risk and a thirst for progress, Galileo’s life was marked by ingenuity, determination and daring. Tried and tested, pointed at and alone against all, he never resigned himself to believing in his own vision of the world.

An inspiring story and a strength of character that can be seen on the dial of our watches.

From Galileo’s first observations to the first step on the moon, this watch has obviously been influenced by the legacy of past centuries. As a worthy heir, the symbols and details embedded in the heart of the timepiece have all been chosen in relation to his work, his era, his life and his personality. However, these timeless references are revisited in a contemporary design.

The fusion of elements from the past with modern craftsmanship, reinforces the link between respect for tradition, authenticity, innovation and the Gentlemaan house.
Our wish? Go back in time and leave the mainland for a moment to inspire the writing of your own story.

From Galileo’s first observations to the first step on the moon, this watch has obviously been influenced by the legacy of past centuries. As a worthy heir, the symbols and details embedded in the heart of the timepiece have all been carefully chosen in relation to his work, his era, his life and his personality.

However, these references of yesteryear, combined with contemporary design, inspire an artistic reinterpretation of timeless elegance. Thus, the fusion of elements of the past with modern craftsmanship, reinforces the link between respect for tradition, authenticity, innovation and the Gentlemaan house.

Our wish? Go back in time and leave the mainland for a moment to inspire the writing of your own story. It’s time to explore the world and discover new horizons.

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